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Wellens ready for season opener

6 August 2021

Richie Wellens spoke to the media ahead of the Sky Bet League One opener against AFC Wimbledon this weekend.

The Rovers boss is preparing for the first league outing since his appointment in May and can’t wait for the new campaign to get underway. 

On what it will be like to have fans back in the stadium: 

“My last game with fans in was as Swindon manager. We had a full house at home and I’ve not had that feeling of intensity and adrenaline since then. 

“I’ve managed football games in that period but it’s been so difficult, so the fact that my next game is in front of supporters that I have a strong affection for means a lot. 

“It’s a club I love and it will be a very special feeling walking out at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday and hearing the noise. 

“The levels increase with a crowd in any stadium, it’s the nature of sport that any team relies on its supporters to get them over the line.” 

On what he expects from AFC Wimbledon: 

“They’ve changed a little bit from the end of last season, they’ve lost Joe Pigott who was a big part of what they did. 

“I went to watch them last weekend and they went with a 4-4-2 with the wingers given more or less a free role. 

“They’ve got threats in their team and if we don’t control the middle of the pitch then they will cause us problems.” 

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